B.K.S. Iyengar (1918-2014) is considered both pioneer and innovator in the history of
modern day, therapeutic Yoga. Author of the prominent book Light on Yoga (1966), and
famous for having spread postural Yoga across the Western world, introducing props in its
practice (bricks, belts, blankets, bolsters, etc.), B.K.S. Iyengar is considered by the Times to
be one of the most influential people of the XX Century and has been indicated as the father
of modern postural Yoga in the important work of religious historian E. De Michelis, a
monograph entitled A History of Modern Yoga, 2004.
Throughout his over 70-year practice he elaborated a unique didactic method- based on the
gradual nature of teaching (with preparatory positions and specific variations) and both
accurate and adaptable instructions to better reach every student- making the practice of
postural Yoga accessible to students of every age, constitution and physical ability.
His practice has been defined an Art, for its grace; and for its precision and depth it has been
called Science. The Iyengar language today is brought forward with passion and competence
by his children, at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune (India), and in
Iyengar Yoga Institutes and via certified Instructors worldwide.
Is practiced in over 85 countries around the world thanks to the health benefits it provides
demonstrated by scientific studies. The method holds specific characteristics. Due to an
innovative and precise teaching style, students are followed depending on their individual
needs, guaranteeing a gradual and safe approach to learning, also with the help of designated
Alignment, symmetry, precision of execution, sequence and duration of positions are the
particular characteristics of this method which acts on the physical, emotional and mental
planes. The complete and deep practice of IYENGAR Yoga sees the body as a proper
instrument of concentration and meditation. The method is suitable for every age (children,
teens, adults and over 60) and every physical ability.